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Hitting the Books!

There was a joke in art school that it was rare to see students with an open book, unless it was a sketchbook to do drawings, of course.  Being an artist and business founder requires both conventional and unconventional education and inspiration from a variety of sorts.  In this article, I will share seven (7) books that have inspired and shaped me along the way.  I still read them for advice from time to time.

 

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This book was a “must read” from my old-school minded, creative director during my advertising days.  What’s the book about: Work hard, play hard is the norm of the book.

 

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Read this during my junior year of art school to take my mind off the routine art school environment.  What’s the book about: The only place where a plan is perfect is in the “planning room”.  Once you leave the room a man named “Murphy” comes in and establishes his “Law”.

 

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Bought this book for my morning commute to work instead of reading the newspaper.  What’s the book about: Well, the best advice ever given to me was from my high-school art teacher on graduation day: “Don’t just rely on your talent!”

 

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Suggested by a former lacrosse teammate who attended Harvard and then Harvard Business School for his MBA, where this was required reading.  What’s this book about: Phil Knight of Nike once said “Business is war without bullets.”

 

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Bought this book after reading a NY Times review.  What’s the book about: When traditional work gets tough, I remind myself that I still face 90+ mph, solid rubber, lacrosse balls being shot at me.

 

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My favorite artist or “man of many hats”.  Given to me by my parents on my 20th birthday.  What’s the book about: People who are small minded and one-dimensional are some of the most boring to be around.

 

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Given to me by a former boss on my last day of work.  What’s the book about: If you think starting a business or any new venture is tough, try starting a nation!

I am a closet “book worm” when there is time.  So, what are your favorite reads?

 

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